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by the senate. a treaty that was meant to encourage other countries to be more like the u.s. on equal rights of the disabled. if other countries adopted better treatment of their disabled citizens, the idea is that disabled americans who visit or live in other countries would also benefit. 125 countries ratified the treaty. it was supported by george bush, signed by the current president, and has support from both sides of the aisle like john mccain and past republican leaders like bob dole, himself a world war ii veteran. he was wheeled onto the senate floor, you can see, for the vote he hoped to see the treaty ratified. instead after pressure from special interest groups, 38 republicans some vowing to support the treaty voted no. one of the loudest critics was the home school legal defense association, the hslda. it's a powerful lob by whose leader you're about to meet. they had some very strong things to say about the treaty, but the notion was basically this. if it were to pass, they said, the u.n. treaty would somehow let the u.n. mandate how parents of disabled kids in america cared fo
americans including the u.s. ambassador. a full report, everything we know about this man, coming up, coming right up here on cnn. >>> congress faces a so-called fiscal cliff and only 24 days. and it is what house speaker john boehner did not say that is drawing attention tonight. when questioned by reporters yesterday, boehner would not comment on whether there is room for compromise on the president's demand for higher tax rates, on high income americans. boehner and the president spoke by phone this week, but in public comments, appear to have no -- made no progress. >>> same sex couples are finally getting their day in court. this time, the u.s. supreme court. justices have decided to hear two constitutional challenges to federal and state laws. one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political t
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comes amidst u.s. concerns that the assad repeople may be cooking up recipes, mixing materials for chemicals. that possible preparation is taking place at more than one chemical plant in syria, officials say. u.s. intelligence shows nothing has been moved out of the facilities, however. and officials say there is no indication syria is on the verge of using chemical we papoweapon. in turkey monday, russian president putin called the deploy ment of the patriot missiles unnecessary. but tuesday, the russian foreign minister said any use of chemical weapons has grave implications. while down playing reports about syria. >> translator: we can call them rumors, but the syrian authorities are moving a stockpile of chemical weapons or that they want to use them. as soon as we hear such messages, we prepare. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton spent the day meeting with her fellow ministers as they approved a plan to provide turkey with the missiles. nato says the number of missiles and their precise location along the border still needs to be worked out. it could be weeks
'll make a couple of suggestions. you might try picturing a burning u.s. warship at pearl harbor. or if you'd rather do a happier image, how about a man kissing a woman, leaning and kissing a woman in times square in new york on the third day. or maybe you prefer politics. how about churchville, stalin and roosevelt a filter sitting down together. maybe that image. or maybe you'd rather think of something from the america of that area roughly, maybe a little bit earlier, the great depression, to get an image in your mind of the great depression. if you're having trouble, think of it tired him a worried looking at another stare off into the distance with a ragamuffin child leaning on each shoulder. can you find that famous iconic image in your mind? that image by dorothea lange called migrant mother that has come to symbolize the great depression. the images you've conjured up in your mind have been black and white. very, very likely. so i'd like you to do the same exercise but think of japanese imprisonments. think of the imprisonment of japanese americans during the war. so what are you pi
: merry christmas. press zones and spending time in a louisiana hospital, u.s. marine veteran john hammar is on his way home just in time for christmas. good morning everyone, i'm greg jat in for. >> i'm martha maccallum. after spending for four months in prison in mexico on a questionable gun charge. hammar was arrested when he tried to cross the border with a antique shotgun his family said was an heirloom. steve harrigan is live. >> reporter: after four long months the 27-year-old former marine was released from the notorious prison late friday night after several hours of paperwork. he was accompanied by u.s. consular officials from the border between mexico and texas. he met his father and the two began the drive home. they had to stop off yesterday in a hospital in louisiana room in louisiana, john hammar suffering from the stomach flu. having trouble keeping food down. the goal was to get him home for christmas. looks like it will happen now. heather? >> steve, quite an ordeal for the family to say the very least >> reporter: a very tough time. they received threats, ex-torgs attem
remain before the u.s. goes over the edge. that means tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession. congressional leaders will meet today at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the full house not even expected to return to work until sunday. here is the guest list for today's showdown. the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. house speaker john boehner, mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. what do we expect to happen today? any new offers from the president or house speaker? >> we don't know. right now, all eyes on the senate to see what senate majority leader harry reid can cobble together to get some republican support. technically, it's still possible to come to an agreement. that said, politically is a different story, and the prospects for coming to a deal are starting to dim. right now, we're hearing a whole lot of the blame game. a lot of public posturing from both sides as they prepare for the possibility of going over the cliff. l
national defense, history and geography of, and the u.s. economy. a television series based upon pages history of the estates is currently in development as well. we are pleased to welcome dr. schweikart today to hear about his newest book, "a patriot's history of the modern world," which in this case is going to be from 1898 to just after the second world war. please join me in welcoming larry schweikart. larry? [applause] >> well, thanks so much to heritage foundation for inviting me here. it's really an honor and it's one that which my father was alive to see. heritage is one of those great passions of liberty and a swelling sea of collectivism. you probably do know that you are getting somebody here that was a previous rock drummer. this later became significant in learning, as a learning experience when i began working on this film. but all along my expenses in the rock band were pretty informative. i, student i know all about communism because i was in a rock band. we shared everything, had nothing and start. when mike allen and i wrote "a patriot's history of the united states"
the internal energy agency. they predict the u.s. will be energy independent by 2030. and become the world's largest exporter of oil, surpassing counties like saudi arabia, venezuela, nigeria and even iran. solar, wind and a backyard oil boom has changed the global landscape, and the landscape on our own backyards. we saw it first-hand in kansas. new technologies unearthing previously untapped oil reserves there and across the u.s. the effects already being felt well beyond the gas pump. >> this unconventional revolution in oil and natural gas is already having a big impact on the united states. it has created something like 1.7 million jobs in the last few years. >> reporter: and consider this. the economists at moody's tell us, if gas prices drop another 50 cents this year, it will create another 350,000 jobs by this time next year. and in the next few months, pending no major disruptions, we could seal our grocery bills and the cost of medicines, many of them made out of petroleum, come down, too. >> sharyn alfonsi, thank you so much. >>> and now we turn to see, for the first time, the
the fiscal cliff. we want to check u.s. futures to see how investors are anticipating the last trading session of 2012. investors seem to be optimistic that a deal will be struck. you can see the dow futures as well as the s&p 500 futures are looking up. rich, there are several things to discuss. is there any chance of a deal tonight or everybody packed up and gone home? >> everybody has packed up and gone home except for joe biden and mitch mcconnell, they are having multiple conversations and these folks are running point on negotiations, harry reid who was negotiating has left the capital. so those negotiations have died throughout the remainder of today or earlier today. you have the vice president and senate minority leader. the last time they finished the deal the tax deal we got a couple years ago that extended tax rates, cut the social security tax by a couple points. all of that ongoing right now and that is really the last hope we have to get something done before the fiscal cliff. >> does the minority leader and the senate, do they concur with the house of representatives. b
acknowledge that the media have an impact. >> reporter: so whose research to believe? who the judge? the u.s. supreme court already has. in striking down california's attempt at a violent video game law, the court had this to say about studies linking games to violent behavior. these studies have been rejected by every court to consider them, and with good reason. they do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively. >> as a society, if we focus in on the wrong issue, on something that is a red herring, that is not going to help anybody, that can distract the national conversation from serious issues. >> reporter: neal karlinsky in seattle. >> we want to know, are you rethinking your kid's video game habits? logon to weigh in. >> "the new york post" reported -- >> that's right, they're reporting that adam lanza's mother was thinking about putting him in a mental institution, committing him and he found out about it and perhaps that is why the carnage ensued. >> and we've been wondering all along, the question why. that may be one of the answers. we'll be back. >>> now
heard from u.s. officials, they are calling this very highly provocative act. it has been a swift response. we have a statement from national security council spokesman tommy vitter. he said, quote, this action is yet another example of north korea's pattern of irresponsible behavior. the united states remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and fully committed to the security of our allies in the region, devoting scarce resources to the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has not brought north korea security and skaept tans by the international community and never will. jenna, as you mentioned the u.n. security council is meeting as we speak behind closed doors. the north koreans have very little to fear in terms of serious sanctions as a result of this action because of course its friend, china is on the security council and has blocked those kind of actions in the past, jenna. jenna: interesting that you mentioned china. is there any indication that the north koreans had help from the outside? any sort of outside country with this launch? >>
turn to mr. ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. >>> u.s. forces in afghanistan have helped repel an attack on a joint u.s./afghan base. taliban suicide bombers assaulted the jalalabad early this morning. detonating two vehicles packed with explosives and striking a gun battle that lasted two hours. all of the attackers were killed. two civilians were also killed. four afghan troupes were also killed. no u.s. troops were injured. >>> and new details this morning on that deadly bus crash at miami international airport. two people were killed when a religious group's bus slammed into an eight-foot-high overpass because the driver took a wrong turn. mark greenblatt is here with the latest details. >> reporter: good morning, ron. as many as three people are clinging to life this morning after that crash in miami. just one of thousands of bus crashes that we found happening every year in the u.s., leaving a long trail of injuries and worse. >> just very bloody. everybody had cuts and scrapes. >> reporter: the entire front of this bus, caved in and the ceiling collapsed, injuring more t
has looked at a calendar lately, but we are about out of time here, folks. the u.s. economy is at stake. million upon millions of families are counting on us to do something. it is tte president's job, it is his job, to find a solution that can pass the congress. he is the only one that can do it. this is not john boehner's problem to solve. he has done his part. mr. president, how about rallying your party around a solution. how about getting democrats to support something. we simply cannot solve the problem we face unless and until the president of the united states either signs no will or develops the ability, the ability, to lead. this is a moment that calls for presidential leadership. that is the way out of this. it is that simple. does anyone wonder why we keep going from crisis to crisis around here? anybody that is a pattern? this should not be a crisis. this is an opportunity. the president again ignored it. as i said yesterday, i think it is obvious at this point that the president wants to go off the cliff. i know most of the american people do not want that. tod
, for the month of november. it was a bit of a surprise. the u.s. added 146,000 jobs last month. this drops the unemployment rate to 7.7%. if this is the lowest since december 2008. we will see how this news impacts the market is when they open and about 50 minutes, but some positive news on the jobs front. >> a month after his reelection. president obama has his highest approval rating in more than a year. an associated press poll finds that the president's rating stands at 57% to highest since may of last year. when a seals killed al qaeda leader osama bin laden. the poll also finds more americans think the nation isdirection. 42 percent say that the country is on the right track and a majority believe is likely mr. obama will improve the economy. >> the u.s. supreme court is scheduled to meet behind closed doors began today to consider reviewing the legal issues regarding same-sex marriage. that includes the challenge to california's controversial proposition 8. if the court refuses to review the prop. 8 case same-sex marriage would be legal in california and same-sex couples could marry
committee,nd journalists at fox news contributor judith miller and former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, john bolton. joining us now is jon barrasso, member of the senate foreign ofh relations committee. he said the hearing explains stify.why secretary clinton needs to testify. good to have you with us we. might thank you for having me. >> this is remarkable. i understand the testimony of secretary clinton was tellinggow her what was going on, what was transpiring as to the inadequacy of security. overany months in behazi. .> is that right? >> that's why we need secretary clinton to testify on thetions record. to answer a numberwh of questio, what she did, did she give anytt orders. the same applies to ed st president of the united states where he was when he was doing, and what heatid did. i have seen e video from the drums, i have seen the video from the security cameras thereu senator risch is absolutely right. most people don't focus on the fact that there were two deaths almost immediately, and the other to the died died about seven hours later. it is hard for me to underst
for the presidential race. walker won the first governor in u.s. history to survive a recall election. and another nod to a republican governor. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> reporter: new jersey governor chris christie's full-on embrace of president obama for helping sandy-ravaged new jersey came days before the election and had no noticeable effect on the presidential race, but some republicans think christie didn't have to be that efuse sieve. they'll remember if his name pops up in 2016. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. >> reporter: from the say what category of entries comes a combo team, missouri senate candidate todd akin and richard murdoch of indiana. >> life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> republican dreams to take control of the senate in 2012 had dwipdalled throughout the year, but akin and maur dock pretty much shut that
are planning a massive attack on 30 u.s. banks and financial institutions. take a look and see if yours is on the list. this is a partial list. the attack is called project blitzkrieg that supposedly launched by two russian hackers to begin next spring. the goal is to steal millions from customer accounts. kevin, let me bring you in. you are a former hacker and you have your own business. welcome. explain this to me. project blitzkrieg. how is it supposed to work? >> it's a large scale attack. they will be using all types of technology and basically what we call bot nets to gather a lot of computer systems is of average people into this bot net. how that's done is these attackers are able to get software on to these computers and install malicious software that can gather banking credentials or even as you are online with your bank, they can be actually changing how it looks to you on your screen. >> so this is incredibly scary. here's the thing, when you read about this, these u.s. financial institutions are not doing enough to beef up security online. they are putting it on we, the cu
, which means it is a proxy battle field in their cold war. the u.s. faces a fleet here. all of that puts the bahrainis deeply inside the middle east pressure cooker. >> there are other forces and other people doing things that have deepened what has happened. there are national forces. >> you are saying iran? >> it can be iran. it can be others. and dissemination of sectarianism and hatred. we are doing our best to stop this. >> and bahrain is a barometer for the gulf. if the crisis cannot be solved by the country's politicians, bahrain will export trouble to the region, sharpening sectarianism and, a dangerous competition between the saudis and iran. >> killed a lot that is unresolved. the british government is to pay more than $3 million to in libyan dissident who claims the intelligence agency mi was involved in forcibly sending him back to libya, where he was tortured by the gadhafi's regime. britain said the payment is not when a mission of liability. the security situation in libya has changed since the shock assassination in september of the u.s. ambassadors and others. u.n. ambas
most expensive storm ever for the u.s., following hurricane katrina. the storm destroyed houses and businesses on the east coast, leaving millions without power. just months earlier, crop prices shot up following a massive drought that hit the midwest and some northern states. weeks without rain sent corn and soybean prices sky-high. it was estimated that the drought was the worst in nearly a quarter of a century. 2012 was not without its controvesies. trading scandals rocked the news, highlighted by jpmorgan chase. the big bank lost more than $2 billion in what was called "a trading debacle." ceo jamie dimon took a trip to capitol hill for a testimony where he told senators that the industry needs "strong regulation, not always more." meanwhile, at chick-fil-a, the ceo of the popular chain cooked up trouble with some very public comments opposing gay marriage. the comments created a divide between protestors and supporters, some of whom participated in a successful chick-fil-a appeciation day. and, in a shocking move, twinkie maker hostess closed its doors, claiming a strike by
the program. i would like to introduce the head of the effort. former u.s. congressman, former u.s. attorney for arkansas, and former minister of the u.s. drug enforcement agency -- connell: an extraordinary set of statements just made from washington. among other things, the nra would like to arm every school in the nation. that is what he just said. armed guards, armed police officers, as he put it, every single school in the united states following the shootings and newtown, connecticut. he said the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. the message that it sends, as he put it, schools are now the safest place to inflict the maximum amount of mayhem. we have seen statements to match it coming out of washington. that may have been the most dramatic political statement that you will see, or have seen this week. we saw a couple other things during that statement. while we were watching, we saw one protester come in and hold up a sign. while peer had to stop and then he eventually continued. >> the predators of the world know it and exploited. that must chan
anything has been sold, in personal technology before. number nine, the u.s. stock market, despite all of those worries about the fiscal cliff and maybe slower growth in trust economy, the stock market has had a great year. too bad you missed out. the smart money has been in the market. the rest of us have been worried about the fiscal cliff. >> number eight, facebook's ipo, hundreds of millions of people like facebook, but investors did not on its first day as a public company. trading glitches at the nasdaq and questions about the company's ability to make money on mobile users, pummeled the stock, which is on its way back to the ipo price. >>> number seven, mother myer. the new ceo of yahoo! who announced she was just going to take a two-week maternity leave. >> number six, mother nature, an intense drought in the midwest that scorched the corn and soy crop sending prices sky high. >> the ocean is just beyond. >> and who can forget superstorm sandy? millions of neighbors, their houses swept away without power, damages, and raising questions about infrastructure and whether we should
a sacred intention to light that message to the world, that we can't go back. >>> in the u.s. today we have so much to be proud of. the last door that i knocked on on november the 5th campaigning for president obama, a dignified elderly 92 year old woman named bernice opened the door in my get out the vote identification, identified her supporting equality. and she looked at me and she looked at my official obama pen that said lgbt for obama and she looked at me with tears in her eyes and she said, our time has really come, hasn't it? we both cried. that moment with bernice takes some of the pain of this day away. on this day i always feel a heightened affinity with my uncle for this was that night 34 years ago that i had to first reflect on my own conversations with harvey. anyone who has had conversations with harvey will know, you cannot get away easy. and he didn't let me as a teenager get away easy either. i had to reflect about the meaning of those conversations. it was a day that i had to look hard at what his love and guidance would mean to me that that was gone, that i could only t
're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm joe johns. fredricka whitfield is off. u.s. investigators are looking into whether a man detained in egypt played a role in the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. egyptian authorities have detained muhammad abu ahmed. he's a well known jihadist who was released from prison after the downfall of former president hosni mubarak's regime.diotti i york. what do we know about the arrest of the aleng ledged terrorist suspect? >> he was picked up a couple weeks ago in ejimegyegypt. joous authorities suspect he may have been involved in the consulate attack in benghazi on september 11th that killed chris stephens and three other americans with direct knowledge of the investigation. the u.s. source tells me the fbi which is conducting the investigation, has not had access to him yet. the source says following the attack, ahmed very quickly popped up on their radar, so they have been looking at him for some time. the official would not comment on what led them to him. joe. >> so what do we know about this guy? he's a radical, certainly, and he's been on the radar, but
. it is powerful. moving through the central part of u.s., upper plains. blizzard and winter storm warnings for nebraska and great lakes. deep south tornado sirens blaring. mobile, alabama, roofs have been ripped off, trees topple. a powerful storm moves through there. a warning in effect in mobile, alabama. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom". martha: why don't we get normal weather. always something extreme. it is causing delays and cancellations. they're trying to get home. going through chicago o'hare's airport the nation's second busiest airport. they're having a tough time. live screen left, you see minneapolis. screen right you see storm damage where it already went through in mobile, alabama. could be a rough couple days out there as the head -- storm heads our way, bill. >> meteorologist janice dean from the fox severe weather center. what do we need to know?, jd. >> blizzards and tornados. that is the theme of today's weather. tornado watch in effect until noon central time, portions of mississippi, louisiana, alabama and florida panhandle. many tornado warnings in ar
byrd of west virginia. >>> back here in the u.s., the president is spending the christmas holiday with his family in hawaii. cnn's brianna keilar is there. there is no official word when he is coming back to the mainland but as that fiscal cliff deadline gets closer what do you think will happen as it rolls on? >> reporter: no official word the president will return to washington, i think that is the expectation. as you know, miguel, the senate will convene on december 27th, that's thursday. and in a perfect world, what the white house would want to see is the senate take up some sort of measure to avert the tax hikes that will hit people earning $250,000 or less. that's what they would want. that of course, would require some buy-in from senate republicans and ideally, as the white house would say that would then pass the house. now, that's lot of sort of wishful thinking, you might say, especially considering some of the pessimism we are hearing from democrats and republicans about whether the u.s. is going to go over the fiscal cliff. some folks think that perhaps senator mccon
chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous prank played out by the deejays later on. >> good job, prince william with the flowers. >>> a story
on cnn. >>> after years of failed attempts, north korea successfully launches a rocket, why the u.s. is calling it clear provocation. >>> they're back, after three months an apology from apple's ceo and a fired high-ranking executive later while google maps returning this morning to the iphone store. >>> last night the stars came out and brought the house down. ♪ checking in your suitcase, thunder's rolling down this track ♪ >> we'll take you to the concert that raised nearly $30 million for superstarm soorm sandy reli. "the newsroom" starts right now. >>> good morning. car roll is off today, i'm don lemon. breaking news out of afghanistan, just a short time ago a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle outside the gates of kandahar airbase. defense secretary leanne panetta had been there, traveling there but he left hours earlier. not clear if the attack was tied to his visit. there are initial reports, though, that several coalition soldiers were wounded along with as many as ten civilians. we'll keep you updated on that attack here on cnn as we get new information. >>> and also ne
at a joint u.s. afghan base near the airfield. there are no reports yet of u.s. casualties. joining me by phone is journalist ben farmer. ben, this attack involves suicide bombs and gunmen. can you tell us exactly how things unfolded? >> yes, it seems to have been a very complex attack. it began soon after dawn around 6:00 here local time. it began with two suicide car bombs. these were vehicles packed with explosives, driven at the gates of the airfield base, and they detona detonated. soon after that, a wave of attackers with rifles and suicide vests stormed the gates. this prompted a two-hour gun battle. it was all over in about two hours. nato says none of the attackers, none of the militants managed to breach the defenses. all of them were killed. however, we have reports that four or five afghan security guards were killed and two civilians, two medical students who were on their way to their studies were caught in the cross fire and also killed. >> just a few months ago, ben, nato said insurgent attacks were on the decline. is there some concern this might inspire copy cats? >>
intelligence counsel expects china will become the world's biggest economic power. but the u.s. remains the dominant military superpower and will become energy independent overall. we can expect to have 8.3 billion people on the planet. >>> as for more immediate concerns, the fiscal cliff is one day closer, with a stalemate over heading off huge tax increases and deep spending cuts at the start of the new year. president obama and house speaker john boehner are keeping tight-lipped about those talks. in michigan on monday, the president warned going over the fiscal cliff will cost jobs and send the country in a downward spiral. >>> colorado is now the second state after washington in which marijuana is now legal. that became the law yesterday, when the governor put a voter-approved amendment into the state's constitution. the implementation of the law will be worked out by a special task force. in a statement, the u.s. attorney noted that pot remains illegal, though, under federal law. >>> well, family and friends are remembering that navy s.e.a.l. who gave his life to rescue an america
. >> a u.s. airways jet briefly catching fire at sky harbor airport in phoenix. a spokesperson for the airlines says the crews were running maintenance jets on the jet's actio auction power system. no injuries reported. >> po*ep depope benedict xvi r-r deliverindelivering the christmas day message appealing for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the world flock to belles a to bethlehem lining up to see the birthplace of jesus. leland vittert live from bethlehem, sending christmas greetings to us like nobody else can. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: you're right it is really a roo tphaoebg and magical place on earth to be for chris nass. i'm going t christmas. you see the christmas tree all lit up and past that the church of the nativity where tonight there are a couple of thousands of people lined up trying to head inside and down to the bible when th gr
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apple maps. >> u.s. airlines are working to get internet access to overseas flights. united, delta and american airlines all said they expect that international flights with wife i assets takeoff of the next several weeks. >> united is aiming to have internet access on 300 planes by the end of next year. >> delta says it will take them as long as two years. >> so far, none of the airlines is and how much the at the internet will cost. >> toys r us plans to stay open around the clock in the days before christmas. >> this follows macy's announcing its plans to stay open 24-7 leading up to christmas. >> this the third straight toys r us stores will remain open from 6:00 a.m. on december 21st until 10:00 p.m. on christmas eve. >> their store in times square in new york city which you see in this video has been open 24-7 since december 2nd. >> new this morning starting today commercials that are louder than the show you are watching our band. >> the federal commission commission says commercials was maintain the same average volumes of programs that company. >> the fcc says lot commerci
and john brasso as well. good show. bill: the u.s. marine locked up in a mexican jail his mother confirms with fox news that he is coming home. bill o'reilly vocal on the story from the very beginning. o'reilly's reaction next. [ whistle blows ] hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick me, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. him a lot here. we are reporting that her son will be released today. a mexican judge has ruled in john ma'amer's favor. the war vet has been locked up since august when he tried to drive across the border with an antique shotgun. he asked how to handle it and was told to go to the next agent down the line, it was a family heirloom, and he landed in jail since au
in the u.s. hsbc is accused of transferring billions of dollars for nations like iran doing business with firms linked to terrorism and enabling mexican drug cartels to move money illegally through u.s. subsidiaries. the settlement represents the largest pen the ever paid by a bank. >>> now pot is officially legal in colorado. people 21 and older may have up to 1 ounce of weed, smoke it, not in public and grow a small amount at home as well. the governor has created a task force to help implement the law. here's the problem. it's complicated. the federal government still says marijuana is illegal. >> rocky mountain high. i'll be the billionth person to say that. >>> countdown to double secret lift jop. the space plane is cleared to lift off at 1:05 p.m. eastern time from cape canaveral. this is an unmanned reusable mini verlgs of the space shuttle. it lifts off vertically and lands on auto pilot on a runway. no one knows what it's carrying. the cost to develop it, that is also classified. >> we're calling it a spooky space launch. >> it's about a forth of the size of the space shuttl
of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the severe weather with the last round, but you can see en
batteries of patriot missiles and a force of 400 u.s. soldiers. leon panetta did not say how soon they will be deployed or how long they will stay in turkey. back to dagen and connell. connell: the state of oregon has gone to great lengths to please nike. the governor asking for authority to ensure that the corporate tax structure will not change for companies like nike nike threatening to move its headquarters out of state unless organ can guarantee it tax structure will not change. students are not the only ones with college debt. in effort to appeal, they end up footing the bill for all of this. according to moody's, debt among colleges was $205 billion outstanding. also reporting harvard has the most debt of any private school in the nation. you may be disappointed, guys, by the gift your significant other fires you for christmas. dirty 1% of women planning to spend less this year than last. only 19% of men pulled will spend less. it finds the looming fiscal cliff deal weighing on shoppers minds. here is our conversation, part of which i posted on twitter. men have to spend mo
to continue to be an outstanding u.s. ambassador to the united nations. i hadn't made a decision about who would be my next secretary of state. there's no doubt that susan was qualified. there are other people who are qualified as well. her interest is in serving me but most importantly serving the country. and she's done an outstanding job. i could not be prouder with her. she will continue to be one of the top members of my national security team. >> we talked about the next choice. it's interesting to watch the dominos fall. a lot of people saying john kerry now is the choice. all these same senate republicans who were challenging susan rice said john kerry will breeze through. it will be an easy confirmation. then that opens up a senate seat in massachusetts. could scott brown come back? this opens up a whole new series of conversations. >> to andrea's last point, you kind of wonder if it's only six weeks after a very, very resounding win in the election and obama was not pounding his fist standing strong, you wonder what the next four years will be. >> he was angry. >> he could wen a
they have a man in their custody they believe is connected to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi on september 11th and killed four americans including ambassador chris stephens. according to an e judicial source the man is identified as being in his late 30s. he is known to egyptian intelligence officials for his connections in the past with extremist groups in egypt and libya and his connections with groups in afghanistan and iraq. after the country's revolution he managed to escape from a prison where he was being held. it was shortly afterwards he emerged on this scene for egyptian intelligence officials who say he began trading in arms between libya into egypt and then ultimately onto gaza. right now there's no indication what role he may have played precisely in the attack on the u.s. consulate. he is being held in egyptian custody. there were some conflicting reports as to when he was actually detained. some suggested he was arrested on friday morning. there were other reports suggesting he had been arrested several weeks ago. right now he remains in egyptian custody. he ha
to put into orbit is the same technology you use to develop long-range ballistic missiles, the u.s. condemned this act. they are worried about the marriage of north korea's nuclear weapons with this long-range missile technology. this is the type of missile that if it was successful, as it appears to be, could reach parts of the united states, alaska, u.s. military bases in hawaii. but a u.s. efficiently i spoke with who used to work on north north korea for the defense department told me, there are still areas in which north korea has not made it as far as they would need to in terms of getting an accurate rocket, in terms of getting heat shielding, and in terms of making a nuclear war head signal enough to fit on the end of that missile. but the real danger is what it may do with this technology in terms of giving it over to other nations. >> chris lawrence, thank you. >>> john berman with other stories making news. >>> the united states officially recognizing syria's opposition coalition as the representative of the syrian people. it's just a show of support. it is does not mean
as a joint u.s. afghan special team went in to save the life of dr. dilip joseph, an american doctor who was kidnapped two days before with two members of his afghan staff. the staff was released earlier when a small ransom was made but the taliban was asking for $100,000 for dr. joseph's release. general john allen felt that his life was in imminent danger and then called for the rescue mission as special operations team lured the taliban in, saying they would pay the ransom. the taliban came. instead, they were met by this team who killed at least six taliban insurgents. unfortunately, this u.s. navy s.e.a.l. also lost his life. his identity has not yet been released but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifice has not been lost on dr. joseph's family who, in a statement relea
: if the regime crumbles, the u.s. fears the weapons could be transferred to hezbollah or fall into groups like al qaeda. knowing what you do about the facilities, the security, do you worry that these weapons will fall into the wrong hands? yes, he said. there's an extremely big concern they'll fall into other hands. he said he was interviewed by the cia when he left syria. now he's pleading for money and weapons from the u.s. so he can lead a brigade of fighters back into syria to secure those sites. alex marquardt, abc news, on the turkey-syria border. >> the major general gave an interview back in september. so several weeks back and says during his time there, we were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas. we discussed this as a last resort. such as if the regime lost control of important areas such as aleppo. so not that we have them, but details have been discussed. >> he's the second in charge. he says that assad's forces are already spraying pesticides and dropping white phosphorous. claims that were also made by the o
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you how the u.s. might respond to it. >>> up in flames a west virginia natural gas line explodes, the blast shutting down a major route through that state. >>> it could be one of the holiest twitter accounts yet, the pope sending his first tweet. wait until you see who is following. good morning, i'm don lemon, carol is off today. holiday horror, panicked shoppers rush to police after a gunman opens fire. here is the latest for you from the deadly mall shooting just south of portland, oregon. this morning, three people are confirmed dead, and a fourth victim is described as fighting for her life. police say the masked gunman killed himself as they closed in, making the motive for the killing spree all the more unclear right now. witnesses say he popped off at least 20 rounds seemingly choosing his victims at random. the shopping mall santa was among hundreds of people who heard the echo of rifle blasts. >> i was in the set there, there weren't too many kids at the time, i heard two shots and after that i heard about 15, 16 more shots and decided that that was gunshots so i hit th
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